In other adaptation news… There’s an interview with Hunger Games director Gary Ross in the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly that’s definitely worth a read if you’re a fan of the books. Meanwhile, Elijah Wood has signed on for The Hobbit. Frodo doesn’t appear in the book, but EW speculates that Jackson may use the character in a narrative framing device.
Bookstores. Things aren’t looking too good for the Borders, while rival Barnes & Noble is reporting record holiday sales. Now I generally prefer B&N, but hope Borders is able to pull through; The loss of such a large chain could have disastrous effects.
Baby, why you gotta be so sparkly? There’s actual, serious talk about splitting the fourth Twilight book into two movies. After all, Harry Potter is doing it, and just think of all that squeeful allowance cash beckoning. At this rate, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part I: The Pillowing will be out next Christmas. All signs point to beige, and a possible endorsement deal with the old-timey Gap.
It is RDJ, after all. The first official poster for Iron Man 2 has arrived, and it looks kind of familiar…. Oh my god.Entertainment Weekly has kindly provided a primer on War Machine for the soon-to-be eager slash fangirls.
Mumble mumble fourth.The Los Angeles Times’ Geoff Boucher looks at the difficulty of making upcoming films for several different franchises: Lord of the Rings, Spider-Man, X-Men and Pirates of the Caribbean. On that note, io9 quotes the relevant parts of a /Film podcast where X2 screenwriter Michael Dougherty describes what X3 might have been.
More, uh, Disney. Pixar folks deny that the Marvel project they’re “excited about” is not, as Entertainment Weekly reported, Ant-Man. I say Pixar is the only studio who could make me consider seeing an Ant-Man movie, and that barely.
He-Man. At least one property of my childhood is safe (for now:) Warner Brothers is dropping their option on Masters of the Universe. My embarrassment squick thanks them.
Okay, so it’s a prequel. Or something:Guillermo del Toro is directing The Hobbit, if you haven’t heard. But he also wants to do a Frankenstein movie. Hopefully he doesn’t pick up any of Peter Jackson’s King Kong mojo while he’s down in New Zealand.
Rumour has it that Guillermo Del Toro and Peter Jackson have agreed on their choice for the actor to play Bilbo Baggins in the upcoming Hobbit movies. But whether that actor isJames McAvoy remains a source of speculation.
Meanwhile, no decision yet on whether Christopher Tolkien has been successful in his attempt to stop the production.
Finally, a few LOTR, SW and other sci-fi actors (including Ian McKellen, Sean Astin, Natalie Portman, Leonard Nimoy, and Kristen Bell) are up for PETA UK’s Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity award.
The Frodo Franchise’s Kristin Thompson discusses the recent online Q&A hosted by Weta and featuring Peter Jackson and Guillermo del Toro. A PDF file of the chat is available from the fine folks at Weta. There are hints about the mysterious “Film 2.”